DNR and Local Conservation Groups Present Junior Hunter Field Day

DNR and Local Conservation Groups Present Junior Hunter Field Day
First-Annual Event to take place on April 4 in Western Maryland.

Swanton, MD — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is partnering with local conservation groups to present the first-annual Western Maryland Junior Hunter Field Day on Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Western Maryland 4-H Center in Swanton. This event will allow young people interested in wildlife activities to experience nature, while learning about the management of the State’s natural resources.

“This event will provide a safe, fun and hands-on atmosphere for young people to learn about hunting’s important role in Maryland’s wildlife conservation under the guidance of wildlife professionals,” said Bob Beyer, Associate Director, DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service.

State and local conservationists will give youth interested in hunting, trapping and wildlife management the opportunity to learn about shooting sports — including air-rifles, archery and sporting clays — while being mentored by certified instructors. Wildlife and Heritage Service staff and the Maryland Natural Resources Police will join representatives of sporting and conservation organizations to provide expertise in natural resources stewardship, safety, wildlife biology, and ethical conduct in the field. Participants will have an opportunity to enter a drawing for a free mentored turkey hunt. Lunch and all equipment will be provided.

This free event is open to Western Maryland residents, 8 to 16 years of age. Please register early, as pre-registration is required and limited to the first 50 applicants. To request registration information, contact the Wildlife and Heritage Service Cumberland Office at 301-777-2136. Applications are being accepted by mail only. No phone, faxed, or e-mailed applications please.

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland’s forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland’s effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state’s number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov.